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Theater of State is an innovative study of performance in international relations. It asks why states and their representatives come to the United Nations to perform for a global audience, and how those audiences may intervene in the spectacle of global politics.
 
A study of the lived experience of spectacular politics on the world stage, Theater of State looks at key spaces in which global politics play out: in debating forums of the UN, the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and peacekeeping operations in Africa and the Middle East, as well as at a variety of related media productions (plays, concerts, television programs, and so on). It argues for recognizing that culture and politics form a unified field organized by the theatricality of its actors and the engaged spectatorship of its audiences. It provides a theory of global political spectatorship: of how the world watches itself in institutions and beyond, and of what citizens and diplomats do by watching.
 
The author draws on theories of theater, performance, and politics to offer new ways of approaching issues of war, cosmopolitanism, international justice, governance, and activism. Situated at the nexus of two disciplines, performance studies and political science, this volume encourages conversations between the two that each might offer lessons to the other. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: “Big Heart, Tiny Legs I Guess”
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. 1. “Purpose Is but the Slave to Memory”: Narrative and History in the Security Council
  2. pp. 23-42
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  1. 2. “To Be Seen Is to Be Doomed”: The Force of Spectatorship in UN Peacekeeping
  2. pp. 43-70
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  1. 3. “The World of the Rulers Is the World of the Spectacle”: Time and Reiteration in Diplomatic Speech
  2. pp. 71-90
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  1. 4. “To Receive an Impression Is to Make an Impression”: Clapping Along with the Secretary-General
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. 5. “Between One Person and Another”: Interfacing with Institutions at the International Criminal Court
  2. pp. 109-132
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  1. 6. “No More Than a Piece of Paper”: The Written Word in a Theater of States
  2. pp. 133-158
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  1. Epilogue: “On Notice” and “Taking Names”
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 163-190
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 191-204
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810141131
Related ISBN
9780810141124
MARC Record
OCLC
1126213058
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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